Published: 31 January 2007

General government expenditure by function 1996-2005

In National Accounts government expenditure is classified by purposes according to international Classification of Functions (COFOG). The classification consists of ten divisions.

Social protection forms the largest division of general government expenditure. The share of social protection spending was equivalent to 42 per cent of total general government expenditure in 2005. The next most important functions are health, general public services and education. The share of health expenditure in 2005 was 13.6 per cent and that of education 12 per cent.

General government expenditure by function 1996-2005, in percentages of total expenditure

General government expenditure by function 1996-2005, in percentages of total expenditure

  1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
General public services 13.8 14.8 14.4 14.1 14.3 14.4 13.4 13.4 13.3 13.4
Defence 3.5 3.5 3.4 3.2 3.2 3.0 2.9 3.0 3.2 3.3
Public order and safety 2.5 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.8 2.7 2.8 3.0 3.0
Economic affairs 11.3 9.7 10.0 10.6 9.7 9.5 9.9 9.3 9.3 9.2
Environmental protection 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7
Housing and community amenities 1.3 1.2 1.0 0.8 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.5
Health 10.6 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.9 12.2 12.6 12.9 13.2 13.6
Recreation, culture, religion 2.3 2.5 2.4 2.4 2.5 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4
Education 11.4 11.4 11.7 11.6 12.1 12.4 12.2 12.3 12.1 12.0
Social protection 42.7 42.9 42.6 42.6 42.0 41.7 42.5 42.6 42.3 42.0
Total expenditure 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Source: National Accounts 1996-2005. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Ms Elli Paakkolanvaara +358 9 1734 2262, rahoitus.tilinpito@stat.fi

Director in charge: Mr Ari Tyrkkö

Links: Eurostat publication Trends in government expenditure by function, 2000-2004

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Statistics: General government expenditure by function [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-0828. 2005. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 12.11.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/jmete/2005/jmete_2005_2007-01-31_tie_001_en.html